Spring 2021 On-Campus Experience

General – On-Campus | Classes and Academics | Housing and Dining | Campus Life and Socializing  | Self-Quarantine

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General – On-Campus | Classes and Academics | Housing and Dining | Campus Life and Socializing  | Self-Quarantine

Classes and Academics 2021

In order to mitigate risk in teaching environments, the reduction of student capacity in all scheduled teaching spaces will take place as follows:

  • Reduce student occupant capacities in all classrooms, by at least 50% in most classrooms.
  • Limit large classroom occupancy to no more than 150 students.

Each classroom is being evaluated by physical facilities to provide a new capacity limit and install a see-thru barrier between the instructor and you. This is done to maintain a safe distance between the instructor and the nearest student while teaching. In some cases, furniture is being removed from the physical classrooms, or areas of the classrooms are cordoned off so you can’t use those seats. For some of the scale-up rooms in WALC, it has been determined by physical facilities that they may need to be converted to tablet-chair rooms, because the 3 person/3 table setup for students would not allow us to meet the de-densification requirement and maintain appropriate social distancing. In instructional labs or in discussion-based courses — where all students cannot face in the same direction and capacity of about 50% can’t be maintained — additional barriers will be provided and you will be required to wear face shields. Additional protocols will be established for entry/exit; sanitation/cleaning; and potential staggered or extended start time for classes. This might mean instructors would have to start class 10 minutes later so you can enter the classroom in a staggered fashion with your fellow classmates.

Study abroad for Fall 2020, Winter Break 2020-21 and programs departing in January and February 2021 has been suspended. Students should check with their academic advisor about alternative coursework for these periods.

Eating and drinking near others is a very high-risk activity. Please follow the guidelines for eating and drinking on campus.

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Housing and Dining 2021

This year, University Residences’ guest policy allows each resident to have one Purdue student guest in their room only. Guests are limited to West Lafayette Purdue students, and roommates must agree on any visitors to their room. To view University Residences full policies and guidelines, click here. For more information on how University Residences is protecting Purdue, please click here.

Eating and drinking near others is a very high-risk activity. Please follow the guidelines for eating and drinking on campus.

We will be opening the halls for move-in beginning January 11th at 8 am.  That will allow students a full week to arrive prior to the start of classes.

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Campus Life 2021

To help limit the spread of COVID-19, we are not selling guest passes at this time. Click here to view more FAQs about RecWell.

Friendship is an important aspect of the college experience. Although the necessary safety regulations may at first seem to minimize social interaction, the focus is on physically distancing rather than on social distancing. Purdue will continue to hold events and students will have opportunities to engage in social activities. However, these activities will be necessarily altered (e.g., < 150) to protect all members of the Purdue community. Students will also still have the opportunity to get involved in student organizations.

Several virtual resources to help you take good care of your physical and mental well-being are available here.

Purdue University cannot require students to remain on campus at all times. However, students are strongly encouraged to minimize their travel and continue to practice all necessary health and safety behaviors while off-campus.

If you leave campus, you must continue to monitor daily for symptoms of COVID-19, and take your temperature if you feel sick. Returning travelers are encouraged to be tested for COVID-19 upon return following the instructions here.

If you travel out of the country, you must self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus. 

Guidelines and information are available from Student Activities and Organizations: https://www.purdue.edu/sao/protect/faqs.html

This year, University Residences’ guest policy allows each resident to have one Purdue student guest in their room only. Guests are limited to West Lafayette Purdue students, and roommates must agree on any visitors to their room. To view University Residences full policies and guidelines, click here. For more information on how University Residences is protecting Purdue, please click here.

Eating and drinking near others is a very high-risk activity. Please follow the guidelines for eating and drinking on campus.

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Self-Quarantine for Students Arriving from International Locations

Yes, any student arriving from outside the United States will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days, be tested for COVID-19 and receive clearance from the Protect Purdue Health Center before moving into a residence hall or Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life housing and/or beginning any on-campus programming or classes.

Please contact the Protect Purdue Health Center at quarantine@121.health to discuss your quarantine and testing arrangements. You should plan to arrive in time for your self-quarantine period to end before the start of classes on Jan. 19, 2021.

Yes, a limited amount of space on campus is available for self-quarantine at no cost on a first come, first served basis and will include three meals daily (vegetarian and non-vegetarian available), essential linens, laundry facilities and Wi-Fi access. You will be assigned a roommate for your stay in self-quarantine housing; there will be one person per bedroom. Students utilizing this space will be required to follow all guidelines for quarantine and isolation housing.

This housing is being offered between the following dates: December 28 – January 24.  

Your arrival date must be between the dates of December 28 – January 10. Self-Quarantine Housing will NOT be offered outside of this time frame. Space is limited; reservations will be confirmed on a first come first serve basis. 

To reserve self-quarantine space, please follow the steps below:
  1. Go to: https://housing.purdue.edu/portal
  2. Click Login
  3. Scroll to bottom of page
  4. Click “PURDUE – Student SSO Login” button
  5. Login with Purdue BoilerKey
  6. Click “Self Quarantine Form” in the top navigation bar

Once your request has been received, a representative will follow up with a confirmation email and arrival instructions.   

IMPORTANT: You should also coordinate your self-quarantine with the Protect Purdue Health Center by by emailing quarantine@121.health or by calling PPHC at 765-496-INFO.

There is no charge to stay in Purdue quarantine housing. Details on how to apply for CARES Act or Protect Purdue funds to cover the cost of your stay are available here.

The check-in/check-out location for quarantine housing is Purdue Village Community Center – Main Office.

If you have any questions about campus quarantine space, please reach out to urquarantinehousing@purdue.edu.

No, all students arriving from outside the United States are required to self-quarantine, be tested for COVID-19 and be cleared for campus access by the Protect Purdue Health Center before moving into a residence hall or Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life housing and/or beginning any on-campus programming or classes.

Please contact the Protect Purdue Health Center at quarantine@121.health to discuss your quarantine and testing arrangements.

Yes, students arriving from outside the United States may self-quarantine outside the West Lafayette area, but must contact the Protect Purdue Health Center at quarantine@121.health to coordinate your quarantine and COVID-19 testing arrangements. 

PPHC is the entity that will provide clearance to return to campus after your self-quarantine and COVID-19 test are complete before moving into a residence hall or Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life housing and/or beginning any on-campus programming or classes.

At the end of your 14 day quarantine, you can get a PCR or antigen test done as close to arriving on campus as possible and within 14 days before you begin on-campus activities; you must email the result to quarantine@121.health

If you cannot test where you are completing quarantine, then we will also have rapid antigen testing on campus that you must schedule for the day of your arrival (keep in mind there will be limited testing slots per day).  Antibody tests will not be accepted.

No, there is no charge to stay in Purdue quarantine housing. Details on how to apply for CARES Act or Protect Purdue funds to cover the cost of your stay are available here.

Yes. For international students who are required to quarantine prior to the start of the spring semester, Purdue will cover the following quarantine-related expenses only:

  • Up to $335 total for housing/lodging.
  • Up to $22 per day for meals.
  • Not more than $665 total (for housing/lodging and meals).

No travel expenses will be covered, and all other reimbursements will be made only for actual expenses that you have paid for. All reimbursements will be made once your quarantine is complete. You must provide receipts/documentation of your expenses in order to receive reimbursement. Please note that Purdue cannot provide reimbursement for you to self-quarantine in a private residence (e.g., with a family member or friend).

Full details on how to apply for CARES Act or Protect Purdue funds to reimburse the cost of your self-quarantine are available here.

Note: We recommend that students stay in campus quarantine housing, as complete costs will be covered if you do so (see above FAQ for details).

Students living in Purdue Village can self-quarantine in their space. All other students cannot.

Please contact the Protect Purdue Health Center at quarantine@121.health to discuss your quarantine and testing arrangements.

The Protect Purdue Health Center will be in contact with the Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS) regarding students in quarantine, so please be sure to contact the Protect Purdue Health Center at quarantine@121.health to discuss your quarantine and testing arrangements.  

Beginning Jan. 4, 2021, ODOS will work with students to ensure they are excused from classes as appropriate. For specific academic questions, students should contact ODOS directly at odos@purdue.edu. Please note that ODOS cannot provide absence notifications for the spring semester before Jan. 4, 2021 — please wait until on or after that date to request an absence notification.

On campus quarantine does not allow for outdoor activities except for grab and go dining/drive thru/medical care. In Purdue quarantine housing, meals are delivered to you while in quarantine. Others can deliver food/medicine to you, but it must be contactless. 

You can find specific guidelines here.

Yes, once you have completed the quarantine period and have a negative COVID-19 test within 14 days of being on campus, then the Protect Purdue Health Center will provide you a letter, sent to your Purdue email address, stating that you meet criteria to be on campus and attend classes.

No, if you have tested positive for COVID-19 on or after Oct. 21, 2020 (e.g., within 90 days of start of classes on Jan. 19, 2021), you do NOT need to be tested again or self-quarantine before the start of classes in January. Per CDC testing guidelines, anyone who has tested positive should not be tested again within 90 days.

You must provide proof of your positive test result to the Protect Purdue Health Center by emailing quarantine@121.health.

Information from PUSH is available here.

All requests for reimbursement must be submitted to odos@purdue.edu no later than Monday, February 15th 2021.   Information needed is:

  • Name
  • PUID
  • Date of quarantine
  • Documentation of costs incurred (e.g., hotel receipt, Purdue Village bill, Airbnb receipt, grocery store receipt, etc.) 
  • Written permission from Purdue e-mail to pay costs if stay is in Purdue Village housing. 

Full details on how to apply for CARES Act or Protect Purdue funds to reimburse the cost of your self-quarantine are available here.

Yes, but there may be risk of infection if one of the roommates turns positive. You may schedule a rapid test on campus before starting quarantine and at the end of your quarantine. Please be sure that each of you communicates your plans with the Protect Purdue Health Center and coordinates testing dates by emailing quarantine@121.health.

Please contact the Protect Purdue Health Center right away, and follow the instructions here.

No, parents are not permitted in the quarantine space.

During the pandemic, returning students will not be allowed help for move in. New students are allowed 2 individuals to help them move in. They must be tested prior to arriving on campus also and have proof of negative result or positive results within 11-90 days.

We will need your parent to sign a consent form and bring in the completed form on the test date. Your parents will not need to be physically present. Please contact the Protect Purdue Health Center at quarantine@121.health to make quarantine and testing arrangements. 

If you are completing quarantine in campus housing, you will have meals delivered to you.

If you are completing quarantine somewhere other than campus housing, you may pick up grab and go or drive thru food only.

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